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Unchecked traffic leading to death of wild animals'

                                                                                                                           The Times of India, Chandrapur, 24th April, 2015


The death of a female tiger cub on the outskirts of Chandrapur near the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger reserve highlights the rising number of deaths of wild animals on the road that goes through the forest.


A Sub-adult leopard was knocked dead by speeding vehicle on Umri Potdar-Maonra road and its body discovered on January 11. Also, the carcass of a female tiger was discovered on Mudholi-Katwal road on Moharli range on January 1, but the forest department had ascribed her death to a territorial fight.


 The Junona range has been in news for poaching and lack of protection, resulting in several large carnivore deaths in recent years.


Honorary wildlife warden Bandu Dhotre said the Junona forest is an important tiger corridor on the southern side of the Tadoba- Andhari Tiger reserve. This pristine forest is rich with herbivores and predator population thanks to ample water," Dhotre said.



"However, there's no control over vehicular movement on the Junona-Gibili Pombhurna road that cuts through the forest, Dhotre said.


"The road is frequented by wildlife buffs and even motorists wanting to avoid highway traffic, with no speed breakers and warning signposts about wildlife presence, vehicle speeds are high on the stretch," he added. Asked about the unchecked trafic on the road, Dole said the forest department has directed the PWD to build speed breakers on the road.


"We've started measures to restrain traffic movement on the Junona-Gilbili road. As a first step, a check post has been put up at Junona. It will be manned by the forest department and record every vehicle passing on the road, Dole said.